Cathay Pacific Airways announced today it will commence its daily non-stop
service from New York (JFK) to Hong Kong starting July 1st. This will be
the only daily non-stop service between the two cities and, with the
continuation of the airline’s existing one-stop service via Vancouver,
Cathay Pacific will be the only airline operating double daily service
between New York and Hong Kong.
The new service will give customers greater choice and further enhance
Hong Kong as a global hub. With the addition of the new flight, Cathay
Pacific will operate 72 passenger and cargo services a week between North
America and Hong Kong. The airline serves 24 cities in the United States,
either direct or through code share passenger services.
Cathay Pacific will operate the new service with the ultra-long-haul
Airbus A340-600 and follow a route over the northern polar region.
Passengers will save approximately three hours journey time and will avoid
the inconvenience of an intermediary stop. Its earlier departure time from
both New York and Hong Kong offers passengers greater flexibility making
Cathay Pacific’s A340-600 operates with an expanded Business Class cabin
to reflect the anticipated popularity of the service among business
travelers. There are eight First Class, 60 Business Class and 220 Economy
Class seats. Given the duration of daylight hours during the Hong Kong to
New York leg of the non-stop flight, additional refreshments and light
snacks will be served to help passengers reset their body clocks.
The airline has recently added passenger services between Hong Kong and
London, Auckland, Johannesburg, Colombo, Osaka, Taipei and Sapporo and
resumed services to Beijing.
Cathay Pacific Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive David Turnbull said:
“Operating non-stop between New York and Hong Kong is a major undertaking.
Our groundbreaking daily non-stop service reflects the airline’s
commitment to give our customers greater flexibility and choice and to
strengthen Hong Kong as a global hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland.”